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Improving Data Exchange Between Industry Certification Organizations and State Data Systems


ACTE®, in cooperation with a number of national and state partners, is supporting a project to expand and improve data exchange between industry certification organizations and state longitudinal data systems. Learn more with our project fact sheet from February 2016.


Project Resources


Participating Industry Organizations

Advisory Committee

Other Certification & Data Resources  

The project is based on a recent Illinois and CompTIA project that demonstrated the feasibility of linking state and certification data safely and securely. This graphic illustrates in high-level detail the match process:

Certification Project Match Process Graphic

We are now expanding this pilot to additional states and industry certifiers, as part of a multi-year roadmap toward the development of a national data exchange clearinghouse for industry-recognized certifications. 

Industry certifications and licensure are a growing part of the expected outcomes of CTE programs, and the Department of Education is interested in the identification of solutions to the issues surrounding state collection of valid and reliable data.

To find out more, check out the resources below and email ACTE.


Accessing and Matching Industry Certification Data Webinar (August 2016)
Members of the project team presented findings and lessons learned from participating states and certifiers to a webinar attended by stakeholder groups and state CTE directors. View slides and the webinar recording.  

Certification Consortium Awarded 3rd Year of Technical Assistance (Summer 2016)
The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education has extended its support for a third year to a consortium of states for in-person and online meetings to further the data exchange process.* In the third year, we will continue matching data and developing standardized procedures as well as consider options such as a clearinghouse or network for more efficient and sustainable data sharing going forward.

Certification Project Presents at DQI (November 2015)
Members of the certification project team presented in November at the Data Quality Institute of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, describing the project and the findings so far, with examples of the type of rich analysis that is possible when data on third-party industry certification is paired with education and workforce data. In addition, participants in the project held a full-day meeting prior to event to share findings and continue to develop protocols.  

Certification Consortium Awarded 2nd Year of Technical Assistance (Summer 2015)
The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education has extended its support for a second year to a consortium of states for in-person and online meetings to further the data exchange process.* In the second year, we will increase the number of states and industry certifiers in the project (see the list below for industry participants), continue matching data and develop standardized procedures and data-sharing protocols that will help others pursue data matching in the future.


Project Resources


States That Have Executed Data-sharing Agreements

  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina 
  • Oklahoma


Participating Industry Certification Organizations

 CompTIA logo CompTIA
 ACT logo ACT
ASE-NATEF logo Automotive Service Excellence/National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
 MSSC logo Manufacturing Skill Standards Council


Certification Project Advisory Committee

  • Department of Education, John Haigh
  • Department of Labor, Pam Frugoli and Andrala Walker
  • National Center for Education Statistics, Lisa Hudson
  • National Association of Manufacturers, Jennifer McNelly
  • The Manufacturing Institute, Gardner Carrick
  • CompTIA, Gretchen Koch
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ross Cohen
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Stanley Koutstaal
  • ANSI, Roy Swift
  • State Longitudinal Data Systems, Keith Brown
  • Advance CTE, Kim Green and Steve Voytek
  • National Student Clearinghouse, Doug Shapiro
  • National Skills Coalition, Andy Van Kleunen
  • Wage Record Interchange System, Kate Louton
  • Federal Employment Data Exchange System, David Stevens
  • IIlinois IHE Pilot, Robert Sheets, Scott Parke and Nathan Wilson
  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, Tom Richardson and Chuck Roberts
  • Global Skills Exchange, Dave Wilcox
  • National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Greg Beachey
  • National Center for Innovation in CTE, Steve Klein
  • NOCTI, John Foster
  • NOCTI Business Solutions, Anne Gielczyk
  • Ascend Learning, Lyndsey Hall
  • Workforce Credentials Coalition, Matthew Meyer and Renah Wolzinger
  • Workforce Data Quality Campaign, Rachel Zinn
  • CLASP, Evelyn Ganzglass
  • ACT, Mary LeFebvre
  • Data Quality Campaign, Danielle Evennou and Sara McClafferty


Other Certification & Data Resources

* Technical assistance activities for this project are supported under the Improving Program Performance Technical Assistance to States project, Contract Number (ED-VAE-11-O-023) as administered by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents on this web page do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education or the U.S. Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


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